Building First Gaming Computer (Under $700)

Hey everyone! I am excited to say that I am ready to build my first gaming computer. I was going to buy a new laptop but decidied to stick it out with my old one for a while longer and build my own gaming computer since it seems to be cheaper :) By the way, about how much are you saving when you build your own computer?
Off to the real questions now :)

Approximate Purchase Date: In the next two weeks

Budget Range: <700 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Watching Movies, Gaming, Surfing Internet

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, OS, Monitor (I am using my 32" television for this so it needs to be compatible)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: or

Country: US

Parts Preferences: by brand or type (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case) I like Asus, Intel, and Nvidia

Overclocking: Probably not. Never done it. What exactly is it for?

SLI or Crossfire: Not sure what this is as well. Can someone explain?

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like to have a window, quite is good, and I like blue lights but definitely not a req.
Needs Bluetooth so I can hook up a PS3 controller too.
And I would like to be able to expand on this build for many years to come so I don't necessarily want to go cheap on the case.
And I need WiFi to connect to my wireless router. No plug in the wall for internet where the desktop will be unfortunately.
This is my first time as well, so don't be alarmed if I ask a lot of questions ;P
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  1. this should do well,

    overclocking is increasing the performance you can chump out of your parts, and sli is its like this.

    you got x2 gtx560ti 1gb, it doesnt mean 1gb + 1gb = 2gb, but it means both of those 1gb will work together for better performance, going to look at newegg and see what i can put up for you
  2. Thanks Tavo_Nova!
    Its probably more expensive to go the sli route. Is it recommended?
    Is overclocking easy to do? I probably wont do it at least at the beginning to keep the price of everything down.

    Edit: I edited the main post. I added that I need it to be Bluetooth compatible to hook up a PS3 controller and I want to be able to build on this for many years to come so I do not necessarily want to go cheap on the case. And Wifi, I need to be able to connect to my wireless router.
  3. ok i will be posting 2 builds, one for Intel and the other is AMD i will try to come up with both that are in your budget range, people here disregard AMD cpu's but i've used them and also have both amd and intel cpu's on different models as my test and with the current parts i have these all work well together.

    oh let me tell you, overclocking would also lessen the life span of your parts, but no matter what me or other people say, it's you who decide whether you will overclock or not.


    Processor: 189.99$
    i5 2400 3.1Ghz

    Intel i3 2100

    Motherboard: 189.99$ >159.99$ after rebate
    MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3)

    MSI P67A-GD65 (G3)

    G.SKILL RipjawsX 8GB (2x4GB) 1333Mhz CL9

    Graphics Processing Unit: 109.99$
    ASUS HD7750 1GB

    Hard Disk Drive: 84.99$
    Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200RPM

    Power Supply: 104.99$ > 89.99$ rebate
    Corsair TX750W 80PLUS Bronze

    Chassis: 43.99$> 33.99$ rebate
    Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Combo saving w/DVD Burner ends 2/29

    i5 2400 with P67 mobo = 703.93 Before Rebate > 678.93$ After Rebate
    i5 2400 with Z68 mobo = 763.93$ Before Rebate > 708.93$ After Rebate

    i3 2100 with P67 mobo = 638.84$ Before Rebate > 613.93$
    i3 2100 with Z68 mobo = 698.93$ Before Rebate > 643.99$

    ok going to come up with an AMD Build since many of their stuff are cheaper lets see what i can come up with

    oh why you ask i didn't use Nvidia? well you can, i put up those stuff above so you have a lot of headroom for upgrades in the next 2-3 years, being the power supply has headroom for more gpu's as crossfire 7750, even the mobo for more space etc.
  4. well SLI = not really recommended, it will just give more performance, like for lets say battlefield3, it will give you more framerates at 1920x1080 resolution, and add more x4 AA or something, but if your happy with lower resolution at high or, higher resolution at medium settings, then you don't really need one, even 1 gpu is good enough for 1920x1080 resolution,

    overclocking = lets put it this way

    lets say you have a 3.0Ghz CPU speed you overclock it to 4.5Ghz, speed
    it is safe, but there are problems, you will need to buy a separate COOLER, yes a cooler like the Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO or if you like those big ones like Noctua NH-D14, or water cooling from corsair h100, because when you overclock them, they will be bringing out more heat,

    for more info about overclocking before you do them, even those with auto overclock mobos or something, its better to read a guide first, and if you were to overclock you need a good Chassis with nice airflow, the thermaltave chassis i put there has good airflow, but for it to have a much even better airflow, you can buy fans its cheap.

    with the system i put above, you don't really need overclocking because, i put up the i5 2400 (non K) and i3 2100

    those with the "K" like the i5 2500K or i7 2600K lets you overclock them easily
    but those are much more expensive but with the motherboard i laid out for you there, and the power supply, it is possible for you to even upgrade to ivy bridge in like 2-3 years once you want to upgrade they have enough head room, and it is compatible to ivy bridge too, so they are a good choice.

    although if you really don't want to go cheap on the case

    try this one out

    NZXT Phantom Full Tower 129.99$ (get the white one looks nice)
    NZXT Phantom 410 Mid Tower 99.99$ (white one looks nice but still my opinion you can choose any color you want)

    those are amazing case,
    Mid tower ^
    Full tower^

    although i recommend the Full tower, they have much more space for you to twinkle with, and looks awesome too.

    ok now i'll look around the AMD section, although it may not beat the intel with the performance ratio but lets see if it can do well with Price/performance ratio (overall)

    give me a moment i'll look through my stocks and see if i can see which one works together then i'll look up newegg for their price

    NOTE: I suggest for you to not overclock for now, and when your ready to upgrade your CPU and when you have the money after like 3 years or so or even 5, buy a unlocked CPU like lets say in the future we got i20 99999K (K = unlocked) something like that, since it's not really recommended, even without overclocking any piece of your hardware you can play the games at a good performance, overclocking is normally done when you like to see scores on 3d mark or similar programs, or lets say you use an old system like 5-8 years ago, to play on the current games, you overclock them to make full use of their time left and then replace them with a new build
  5. AMD

    Processor: 124.99$
    AMD Phenom II x4 960T

    Motherboard: 74.99$
    MSI Am3 Mobo

    Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB(2x4GB) 1333Mhz

    Graphics Processing Unit: 239.99$> 224.99$ rebate
    XFX HD 6950 1GB W/ 7% off promo code

    Hard Disk Drive: 84.99$
    Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200RPM

    Power Supply: 104.99$ > 89.99$ rebate
    Corsair TX750W 80PLUS Bronze

    Chassis: 43.99$> 33.99$ rebate
    Thermaltake V3 Black Edition Combo saving w/DVD Burner ends 2/29

    683.93$ Before Rebate > 673.93$ After Rebate

    difference lang you get a 6950 here at AMD but upgrade wise, for now its sure that with the intel side you can upgrade
    to ivy bridge, but with AMD no, since i also didn't include the AM3+ mobo, but overall both are good, just different in
    numbers. but when you play and get immersed in the game, you won't see the difference
  6. Thanks Tavo for all your help! I am overwhelmed with info LOL!

    Is there a way I can buy a prebuilt desktop and add a graphics card. Or something along those lines...would that be cheaper?

    Something like this:
    But cheaper?
  7. Building your own is cheaper.
  8. But what about a warranty? If something breaks down, I am not sure if I would be able to figure out what it is to replace it.
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